Ab Workouts Slow Fat Loss

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness | Posted on 11-06-2011-05-2008

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By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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Not only are most traditional ab workouts a waste of time, but they also slow your fat loss efforts. Each workout you spend crunching takes time away from more effective fat loss methods – such as interval training.

That’s right, the common man’s (and woman’s) ab workout taken from Shape magazine or Muscle’n’Fitness often hurts their fat loss program more than it helps it.

Remember – I’m in the business of getting you the most fat loss in the least amount of exercise time…so I have little room in my
program for traditional ab crunches (with the exception of using
basic ab exercises for beginners who need to learn to use their ab muscles after a lifetime of inactivity).

Instead, I focus on exercises that build a 6-pack AND burn a lot of calories at the same time. That’s why I’m a big fan of making EVERY exercise an ab exercise (by bracing the abs in every movement), as well as using total body ab exercises (such as Mountain Climbers, the Spiderman Lunge/Climb, and the Stability Ball Jackknife).

These exercises use far more muscle mass than a traditional crunch. In fact, some of the total body ab exercises are “interval-like” in nature, helping to put more metabolic turbulence on the body, and as you know, that’s what burns calories during AND after the workout.

Now of course you know that you can’t spot reduce the fat on your body – so doing an endless number of crunches not only does little for you in terms of losing fat, it also wastes your time in your quest for a 6-pack.

Here are a couple of strategies to maximize your workout time when your goal is to get lean, and get down to a low-enough body fat percentage to see your abs in as little workout time as possible:

(If you’ve got 2 hours a day to workout, by all means, do whatever your heart desires…but I don’t think many of us that live in the real world have that kind of time.)

A) First, simply cut back on your ab training – If your goal is to
simply lose fat, gain a little muscle, and just look as good
possible, then you can’t spend 30 minutes on abs everyday. You can build your 6-pack by doing less than 30 minutes of ab exercise per week.

I’m convinced that no one (not even a fitness model or pro
bodybuilder) needs more than 30 minutes of ab training per week.

In fact, at the photoshoots I supervise for the fitness magazines,
I get to talk to a lot of fitness models and what they tell me
about their training routines might shock you. Most of them don’t train nearly as frequently as you or I might think.

Instead, they’ve worked hard over the years with the basic lifts to build their body, and now many of them simply use nutrition and maintenance workouts to keep their abs showing.

B) Second, replace your crunches with the total body ab exercises I mentioned earlier. Also, if you have access to a cable machine, you can do weighted ab exercises such as kneeling cable crunches.

C) And finally, if you are doing intervals for fat loss as I
recommend, you can use the following approach to increase the
difficulty of your ab and interval training. However, this is an
advanced method only. Beginners should stick to the TT guidelines in their manual.

During your interval workout, perform an ab exercise during your active recovery period. For example, if you are doing running intervals on a treadmill…

Run for 60 seconds at your work interval speed. Immediately stop the treadmill, get off, and go into a set of 20 Mountain Climbers. Climb back on the treadmill and start it up for your next interval. Repeat for 3-6 intervals.

You can also use basic spinal stabilization “ab exercises” such as
the plank, side plank, or advanced plank versions (i.e. plank with your arms on the ball) to train your spinal stabilization while under heavy breathing stress. I learned this technique from Dr. Stuart McGill.

Remember: Always train safe, with good form, and be conservative. Don’t try to be a hero in the gym, but you should safely challenge yourself in each workout.

Stick to the Turbulence Training Guidelines if you don’t know where to start.

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Sincerely,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training

Fat Loss Q’n’A Part 2

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Interviews | Posted on 09-06-2011-05-2008

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By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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Most people don’t know that you can save time and your hard-earned pay by working out in the comfort of your own home. With Turbulence Training, you can avoid the hassles of commercial gyms (i.e. pushy sales people, smelly patrons, disgusting locker rooms, crowded parking lots, and out-of-the-way drives) while losing fat and boosting your metabolism with home-gym workouts.

And here are a few other common weight loss questions to help you choose the right approach to fat loss.

Q: I’m suffering through a major fat loss plateau right now. Will this help?

Answer:
Some of the major reasons for fat loss plateaus include:

– Using the same workouts over and over and over again for extendedperiods of time.

– Not including enough high-intensity strength training and
interval training.

– And choosing inefficient isolation, machine-based exercises
instead of standing, multi-muscle exercises.

The Turbulence Training workouts have been designed with variety,intensity, and efficiency in mind so that you get more results in less time.

Your workout programs will change every 4 weeks, and you’ll use only exercises that train multiple muscle groups at the same time – thus burning more energy, and fat, with each repetition.

By changing the training intensity of your workouts, as well as
using a variety of repetition ranges for your lifting, and
including interval training, I guarantee that you will leave your
fat loss plateaus in the dust.

Q: I’m 50 years old, and no longer involved in sports. But I stay active with walking, biking and I even lift weights. But I want to lose my love handles. Is this program for me or is too intense?

Answer:
Thanks for your email and question. We’ve had clients in their 70’s use Turbulence Training, not too mention the dozens of men and women in their 50’s and 60’s that have used the program.

So you certainly are a candidate for Turbulence Training, as long as your doctor has cleared you for exercise of course.

At 50 years young, you’ve got a long and healthy life in front of
you. But I also know that you don’t intend to slow down with age. You’ve got things to do and people to see, and that’s why you are probably like any other age group…and you want to get in and out of the gym as quickly as possible. So the three Turbulence Training workouts per week should be perfect for your lifestyle.

I guarantee that every age group, from young to old, will be
challenged and entertained by the variety of bodyweight exercises. In fact, I bet you’ll get a real kick out of doing exercises from your youth again.

I look forward to hearing how you like the workouts, and let me
know how many pushups you can do!
Q: Craig, I weigh over 250 pounds. Heck, it’s a lot closer to 300 pounds. I haven’t really exercised in a while either, but I feel pretty good otherwise. No aches or pains. Can I still do your Turbulence Training program? Will I be able to do interval training?

Answer:
This is a really popular question. The good news is that I’ve
worked personally with many men that are over the 300 pound mark, and we’ve successfully incorporated the Turbulence Training principles into their workouts.

You just have to:

– Get clearance from your doctor that you are ready to start an
exercise program
– Start with the introductory and beginner Turbulence Training
phases.

I include beginner level workouts in all of my manuals. There are step-by-step guidelines on how to get started, including a
day-by-day 21-quick start guideline for beginners. It will show you how to turn your unhealthy lifestyle around in just three weeks.

As for the interval training, please remember this: It is all
relative. You don’t have to run sprints up a hill in order to call
your workout an interval workout.

You might simply increase your treadmill walking speed from 3.3mph to 3.6mph for 1 minute and then drop it back down. Those are the correct intervals for your relative fitness level. As you improve, you will be able to work harder. But never worry about comparing yourself to others.

Also, Dr. Chris Mohr, Ph.D., has included specific calorie and
protein recommendations for overweight individuals. The TT Fat Loss Nutrition Guidelines will keep you on track for fat loss in 2007.

Q: Has your Turbulence Training program worked for women, or is it just for male fat loss? I want a program that works on my butt, not just my biceps. Help!

Answer:
Don’t worry, the Turbulence Training program is not gender
specific. All of the great exercises that are in the program will
work on the muscle groups that both men and women want to focus on.

After all, who doesn’t want a firmer butt, flatter abs, and a
better chest?

Best of all, the efficient and effective exercise group that I
mentioned earlier includes squats, lunges, presses, and rows. These exercises are essential for both men and women, and will give you the total package regardless of gender.

And don’t forget, the scientifically-proven Turbulence Training workout manual has used by hundreds of women to burn fat and sculpt their body.

Get in, get out, get lean,

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Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training

Fat Loss Q’n’A

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Interviews, Nutrition | Posted on 06-06-2011-05-2008

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By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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Q: How fast can I lose weight while using a truly effective fat loss program? Can I lose 10 pounds in a weekend like some of the diet plans claim?

Answer:
Doctors recommend losing fat at a rate of 1-2 pound per week. At the end of a good 12 week program, you can expect to lose 12 pounds of fat. But since you didn’t gain the fat overnight, you also won’t lose the fat overnight. Commit to long term goals and enjoy the process of developing proper nutrition and exercise habits.

With one of those “10 pound weight loss juice diets”, you might lose some weight, but it won’t be fat. And you’ll quickly gain it back. Those are just too good to be true.

Q: Do I have to do crunches and sit-ups while on this program?

Answer:
No you don’t. Crunches and sit-ups are not the best way to lose fat. To lose fat, you simply need to eat properly, avoid excess calories, and use fat blasting intervals/cardio. In fact, crunches and sit-ups can stress your spine, so I like to use “spine-friendly” core training exercises (the Ab curl, plank, side plank, and bird dog) as an alternative method for training your mid-section. And you can do those all at home without fancy pieces of equipment. All you need is your bodyweight.

Q: But I’m a full-time worker and mom. How do I fit exercise into my day?

Answer:
Try to commit to at least 30 minutes of exercise per day.

If you are a beginner and stressed for time, simply do three 10-minute bouts of exercise per day. Heck, you could even do six 5-minute walks per day. Everyone can fit that in…

If you can devote a full 30 minutes straight to exercise, you can alternate between strength training and cardio training days if you are limited to 30 minutes. However, if you can get an hour of time 3 days per week, perform both cardio and strength training together.

Beginners should start with several 5-minute blocks of exercise each day. After all, everyone can make room for 5 minutes of exercise. Once you move into more serious workouts, you might need to experiment with different exercise times so that you can workout without disrupting your family’s events. Fortunately, there is no magic exercise time. As long as you are consistent, you will get results.

Many people have had great success by getting up early and doing the workout before everyone else gets up. Alternatively, you can do it after the kids go to bed or during a break in the day. Schedule your workout like any other important appointment so that you don’t neglect the exercise sessions. You’ll find that the exercise will give you more energy throughout the rest of the day.

Q: What do I do if I can’t get to the gym?

Answer:
You won’t even need to go to the gym to lose fat. There are dozens, if not hundreds of bodyweight exercises you can do at home. And the workout potential is exponential if you have a couple of dumbbells at your disposal. There are hundreds of dumbbell exercises you can use to sculpt your body.

Q: Hi, I’m an overweight woman (180 pounds) and I was wondering if I should still eat 1oz of protein per pound?

Answer:
Hi, first, just to clarify its grams per pounds, not ounces. Second, here are the limits from Dr. Chris Mohr found in the TT Nutrition Guidelines

“Since women have less overall lean body mass than men, they won’t require as high an amount of protein each day (0.8g of protein/lb of body weight will suffice). This value is still in line with the recommendations for strength trained athletes. For obese individuals, just as with the calorie estimations, the protein calculations will also be over-estimated.

Therefore, in my opinion, I would put women at a maximum of 150g of protein per day and men at a maximum of 200g of protein per day. Because being obese does put them at risk for diabetes, this would also impact kidney health, so obese individuals don’t need the additional urea being filtered through if in fact they do have diabetes.”

Q: I’m new to the whole “working out thing”. What is Turbulence Training? How would you describe the workouts?
Turbulence Training is combination of more effective methods (Strength training and interval training) to help men and women get more effective fat loss results in less workout time.

Answer:

TT uses supersets and interval training because they are time-saving methods. The workouts also only use the best exercises so that clients don’t spend more than 3 hours per week in the gym. 

Get in, get out, get lean,

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Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training

Weight Loss Workout for Busy People

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Time Management | Posted on 05-06-2011-05-2008

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By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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You can get an incredible weight loss workout at home without any equipment. That’s right, you can burn fat and lose fat in the comfort of your own home. You don’t need fancy machines or expensive mega-gym memberships, and you don’t have to deal with line-ups or sweaty, stinky fellow gym-members. Ewww!

Okay, here’s the first thing you need. About a 8×8 open area. And your bodyweight. That’s it. Don’t rest between any of these exercises.

First exercise: Prisoner Squat

Place your hands behind your head, keep your elbows back, and squat down halfway to the ground. Keep your shoulder blades together to work your upper back and push your hips back as you squat to work your back of your legs.

Do that 10-20 times depending on your strength levels.

Second exercise: Push-up Plus

Do a regular pushup, but at the top, add a little extra push to round your upper back and make your shoulder blades move away from one another. Do 4-12 reps depending on your strength.

Third exercise: Plank

Support yourself on your forearms and toes and keep your body in a straight line from ankles to shoulders. You’ll be “hovering” just above the ground. Keep your abs braced and hold for 10-60 seconds depending on your endurance.

Fourth exercise: Split squat

Stand with one foot 2 feet in front of your body and the other foot 1 foot behind your body. This is a stationary lunge position. Bend your back knee and drop your hips to the floor. Then push up using the muscles of the lead leg. Use a wall for balance or support if needed. Do 5-12 reps per side depending on strength.

Rest 1 minute then repeat the circuit up to 4 times.

Have fun, and burn fat,

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Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training

Think Yourself Thin

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Cardio, Fitness | Posted on 04-06-2011-05-2008

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By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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To lose fat, one must think. One must exercise their brain to change their body and reach their weight loss goals. If you have a plan, you’ll succeed. But if you go in the gym and “wing it” everytime, you’ll make no progress month-in and month-out. If time keeps on passing without any changes in your body, then you have to try something new.

Everytime I workout, I see the same people doing the exact same exercise routine in the gym. They go through the same machines in the same order using the same weight each day. Then they go to the same piece of cardio equipment and use the same level as yesterday and go at that same slow pace as always.

And do you know what I see the next day?

The same old physique on that same person. No change. Next week? No change. Same workout, same body.

Because they aren’t thinking. And no one is thinking for them. They don’t have a good trainer, or a good program, or a good idea about what they should be doing in the gym. They’ve heard that “cardio” is good for them so they go to the gym and try out a cardio machine.

But they just get on it and “go”, mindlessly. Maybe they throw in some weights. Maybe not. They don’t really know how to do weight correctly anyways. And so it goes on and on, week after week. Until they just give up and quit.

And you see the same thing on the street. You see the same people running the same slow route around the neighborhood, getting the same (read: zero) results from their “same old-same old” jogging routine.

I’ve always believed that beginners to fitness take up jogging because its easy. And I don’t mean easy on the body, because we know it takes some effort.

I mean that jogging is easy on the mind. Runners don’t have to think. They don’t have to plan a program. They don’t have to pick the best, efficient strength training exercises and then put them in the proper order in an effective routine. Instead, all they have to do is put one foot in front of the other.

But, and there is always a but, isn’t there? That easy, no-thinking approach is not going to get them very far. After ten days, there probably won’t be much change in their body.

And the same goes for those high-rep, low weight, machine circuit programs. No thinking required, no results guaranteed.

However, if they had exercised their brain and designed a strength and interval workout, they would have seen some startling changes in 14 days, or 10 days, or even 7 days. (Heck, I’ve had guys swear that they noticed changes in their bodies after only 2 days of strength and interval training).

Because you see, planning a workout takes effort. And going through an effective workout of efficient strength exercises and interval training takes even more effort.

But you get out what you put in. That saying goes for just about anything in life, especially for workouts.

So the choice is up to the exercisers in the gym I guess. If they stay in their comfort zone, it will be easier on their body and their mind in the short-term. But over the long-term, they’ll probably drop out of the fitness scene as they find they never get the results they want.

Or they can put in the short-term effort, researching the best program for their goals. And with this approach, you get the long-term payoff of success.

Look into strength and interval training and see what the extra mental effort can do for you. Using the Turbulence Training plan of an efficient bodyweight warmup, effective structured strength training supersets, and maximum result interval cardio to complete the workout will get you more fat loss results in less workout time. Guaranteed.

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Sincerely,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training

The 3 Best Bodyweight Exercises

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Cardio, Fitness | Posted on 02-06-2011-05-2008

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By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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Here are 3 kick-butt bodyweight exercises you can do anytime, anywhere to burn fat, stay energized, and avoid overeating.

Bodyweight exercises help you burn fat shockingly fast, without any fancy equipment.

1) Any Single-Leg Exercise
The pistol (single-leg squat to the floor) is the most advanced
1-leg exercise. But you can also do assisted single-leg squats with a band, or onto a bench, or even with a Stability Ball between your back and the wall.

If you aren’t ready for single-leg squats, you can use Bulgarian
Split Squats, Reverse Lunges, regular split squats, or lying 1-leg
hip bridges if you are a beginner.

2) Decline Push-ups
These are harder than normal pushups, thanks to your elevated feet. And in this position, you can still use a close-grip to fatigue
your triceps, a “piked-hip position” to build your shoulders, or
even the Spiderman leg motion to work on your abs.

3) Bodyweight Inverted Rows
I choose these over chinups and pullups because bodyweight rows let your chest rest, while your back is strengthened. It’s the perfect compliment to a pushup.

Do 8-12 repetitions per exercise. Don’t rest between exercises. Go through the circuit up to 3 times, resting 1 minute after each
circuit.

For a once-per-month challenge, do each exercise to failure in your final round through the circuit.

Get in shape fast with Turbulence Training,

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Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training